Is it 21 days to make a habit? That would be a good start to a novel if one wrote every day. It is a crazy thing to actually do it. To think that the stories in one's head can overcome the long odds of the internal filter to land on the page organic and real and worthwhile. Longer odds to think others might like them. I encourage every one to pick some thing that might seem crazy or just not a dignified use of your "grown up" professional time and run with it. For 21 days. After that you can stop. If you still want to....
So the interwebs has this thing known as Kickstarter. Powerful concept. And for the arts...really powerful. What if film goers could shape the industry away from Transformers 3 to something better? Great link above will take you to the kickstarter page for a wannabe Milwaukee movie that needs to be made. Why? It is a great story deserving to come to life. And they want to film it in Milwaukee. This winter. When it is freezing a$$ cold. Because that too is part of the movie. What would Jerry do? He would send some green to this project.
Reading the Norse myths and some Greek mythology. The elements of a good story never change. And it is snowing for Halloween in Wisconsin so I am gearing up for a good "this weather builds character" conversation in time for trick or treating .
Great time in Lawrence, KS. Stayed at the Eldridge (reportedly haunted), visited friends and family, went to The Dusty Book Shelf, one of the my favorite used book stores. Stand by for updates on the Tears of the Dead mega promo from fellow author Brian Braden. Opportunities abound to discover new authors and maybe win a free book.
Finished writing the first draft of my screenplay. It is a spy thriller I've been thinking about for a while with a brainy heroine, a government conspiracy and some bad guys. No car chases. Not as many f-bombs as Wolf of Wall Street but a few. And I am going to put it away for a week. Not reread it at all. And then...start the painful process of rereading and rewriting the crappy parts.
I have some brave friends who have volunteered to be beta readers and man, this isn't even ready for beta reading, but...the first draft is done. On a Venn diagram somewhere of "seeing your writing become a movie" there is a big circle of "thinking about writing it" and then a small circle of "writing screenplay" and then a really important smaller circle of "editing it so that it DOESN'T SUCK" and then a smaller one that is "getting an agent or producer to read it" and so on.
So the optimist in me says, hey, I moved from a big circle to a smaller one. Woo hoo. And I had a 110 page conversation with my brainy bad ass heroine.
This brand new screenplay of mine is a messy fledgling. We'll see.
I am very happy to announce that from now until the end of my current deployment I will donate ALL proceeds from the sale of ROOM FOUR to the wonderful students at Operation All the Way Home. They are about halfway to building an accessible home for a wounded warrior from their town. Jerral Hancock lost an arm, suffered burns, and is paraplegic from injuries in Iraq. He is also the father of two young kids.
His town rallied around him when he returned and then the students of Lancaster High took it a step further. If you have already read ROOM FOUR, consider a direct donation. You can read more about Mr. Hancock's journey at www.operationallthewayhome.com
These kids give me great hope for the future!
Much to my chagrin, this is not my own camel. I was hoping to be issued one during this deployment to the Middle East but such was not the case. But I did get close enough the other day to pet him.
A book I wrote earlier and (wisely I can say now) did not publish is still there on my desk top. And the truth is, I just figured out how to gut it and redo it and turn it into a better book. I don't mind editing. I usually like it. But I like the fine tuning side of editing.
I freely admit the thought of chopping out twenty page sections of text is scary. Maybe it will feel good, like a fresh haircut on a 100 degree day here.
But it will bring the book back to life. And that's what it needs.